Nikita Seleznev at the 6th Ural Industrial Biennial
Location: The Ural Optical and Mechanical Plant, Ekaterinburg, Vostochnaya St. 33B
Dates: 02.10.2021 – 05.12.2021
This year Nikita Seleznev participates in the Ural Industrial Biennial. His artwork "Slowly Ageing Children" (video and sculptural installation) will be shown during the main project "Thinking Hands touching Each Other" at the Optical and Mechanical Plant.
Lev Smorgon, a famed toy designer-turned-sculptor, provokes the content for Nikita's project. Smorgon's banal, politically neutral toys let children to play in and inhabit separate worlds – almost alternative realities — that were distinct from Communism’s cult of childhood. ⠀
Seleznev questions how a child (or really anyone) copes with contemporary Russian existence. He examines the place of fantasy and asks how the creation of alternative realities can be used to escape propaganda and control.
Curators: Adnan Yildiz, Çagla Ilk, Assaf Kimmel
The Ural Optical and Mechanical Plant. Ekaterinburg, Vostochnaya St. 33B